Saturday, August 1, 2015

July- lots of traveling

I’m getting out of the mood to blog frequently, so this will be a recap of our July activities.

Fourth of July was spent at Big Meadows National Forest Campground in South Fork, CO with buddies The Abeytas and the Berganns.



Teddy showed me how to make posole one night.




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We did a lot of sitting around   





Teddy actually fried the jalapenos with the sausage for an hors d'oeuvres…he never does that cause the smell is kind of overpowering…I always tease him that his son, Tim, fries the jalapenos for me.

We had a great 4th of July dinner with Jim grilling the steaks.

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This was yet another meal with bbq rubs
Rib dinner with BFF, Salai, and Paul and Delilah (former camphosts of ours) joining us for dinner.


While up at Big Meadows we saw on Facebook that our friends, Maryann and Bill Parham were driving from OK to South Fork Campground so we went over to see them one afternoon. Such a nice, nice couple and we had a good chat. Another Betty’s RV Park alum.

We returned to Alamosa on July 6th and then took off on July 8th at 3:30 A.M. for a fast trip to Rapid City, SD to renew our drivers’ licenses…have to do that every five years.  We drove straight through and got there about 4 p.m.


We had dinner at TGI Fridays with buddies Jean and John Watson, whom we met working for amazon in Campbellsville, Kentucky, back in 2010.  We’ve seen them several times since then on the road.

Next morning we got our licenses in like 15 minutes flat; a photo, check your eyes, $28 a piece and we were out of there for another five years.

I just couldn’t get myself to just turn around and take off for Alamosa right away, so we decided to stay another night.  Plus buddies Jan and Chuck and Betty and Duane were staying at the Hart Ranch so we drove over there and spent the day.  It sure is a nice park and we enjoyed walking around and seeing the layout.

Very nice office area
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We’ve known Jan and Chuck for a long time and met Betty and Duane at Betty’s RV Park in 2013.  We laughed so hard telling about meeting Jan and Chuck at “Mosquito Ville”, which is what we called the Colorado Boomerang in 2008 outside of Buena Vista.  The mosquitoes were so, so bad we all sat inside three screened in canopies during happy hour talking to each other through the mesh screening.  After a couple of days we all decided to have our happy hours in town at the city park.  Great memories!!!


For dinner we went to Lintz Brothers Pizza….what a great place….very busy and they put out one heck of a good pizza.

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We got to bed early and got up at 3:30 a.m. AGAIN and headed back to Alamosa.  Stopped at a couple non-descript places for breakfast and lunch and got home by 4 p.m….in time to pick Poncho up from the kennels.  He’s never been kenneled before and at 13 years old we weren’t sure how he’s do.  But he did fine, made a lot of friends and we were told he was very sweet and a darling to have around…..ahhhhh!!!

It took us a good 2-3 days to recover from that trip and we lazed around a lot and slept.

Monday I was back to the library cataloguing and processing a set of 39 World War II Time-Life books that had been donated.  Glad I was able to get it done in two days.


Next big adventure was spending Saturday, July 18th with my BFF, Salai, in Creede celebrating both our birthdays….hers is the 18th and mine the 19th. 

We’ve done this for 8 or 9 years now.  We usually shop and have lunch, but this year we joined members of the Alamosa Women’s Club and saw “Guys and Dolls” at the Creede Repertory Theatre.  Oh, that was such fun. Look at the cute sign on the front of the Creede Olive Oil Company. Yes, we bought some flavored balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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On the way home we stopped at Cottonwood Cove for huge scoops of ice cream.  Then when we got home we sure received a wonderful surprise…Jim had cooked us a crab leg dinner with all the fixins!!!  What a guy!!!  Here’s Salai and I eating wearing our new identical hats.


What a fun day….thank you, Salai, for sharing our birthdays together once again.

The following weekend is traditionally the Chapman Annual 4-Wheel Trip to Ouray.  I went this year, but I am tuckered out from typing the blog post, so I will leave that for another day.

Never fear….it won’t take me another month.

Remember, you are loved.


  1. Great month of July fun for you all! Love the pictures. So great to see you on Thursday and will do it again soon. Ann and Tom

  2. Hi there... finally got around to catching up with yours and, as always, enjoyed tagging along. Especially since so much is familiar. Tom made a quick trip to the Valley in June... "met" our new grandson, put a few things in our little storage shed, and dashed to Creede for three bottles of balsamic vinegar! Winter will find us in various desert southwest locations so we will look forward to seeing you both. Be well! D & T


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